This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Idaho. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:
Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 83,570 sq miles; Land Only: 82,747 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Mountain Time Zone, Pacific Time Zone|
||Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming|
|Highest Point||Borah Peak, 12,668 feet|
|State Population (2015)||1,654,930|
|State Population Density||20.0 people / square mile|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Idaho Falls (56,813)
Government & Legislature
|State Amphibian||Idaho giant salamander|
|State Dance||Square dance|
|State Fish||Cutthroat trout|
|State Fossil||Hagerman horse fossil|
|State Gem||Idaho star garnet|
|State Horse||Appaloosa horse|
|State Insect||Monarch butterfly|
||Esto perpetua (Let it be perpetual)|
|State Raptor||Peregrine falcon|
||Western white pine|
Popular Tourist Attractions
- Bogus Basin: Ski area near Boise, Idaho.
- Craters of the Moon: National monument and national preserve in central Idaho.
- Silverwood Theme Park: Theme park in Athol, Idaho.
- Shoshone Falls: Waterfall on the Snake river in southern Idaho.
- Harriman State Park: State park in eastern Idaho.
- Hells Canyon: Canyon on the border of western Idaho, eastern Oregon, and eastern Washington.
- Lake Coeur d'Alene: Lake in northern Idaho.
- Idaho Botanical Garden: Botanical garden in Boise, Idaho.
- Lake Pend Oreille: Lake in northern Idaho.
- Farragut State Park: State park in northern Idaho.
- Tamarack Resort: Resort in Tamarack, Idaho.
- Redfish Lake: Lake in central Idaho.
- Sun Valley Resort: Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.
- Zoo Boise: Zoo in Boise, Idaho.
- Boise National Forest: National forest covering more than 2.5 million acres in Idaho.
- Ponderosa State Park: State park in Valley County, Idaho.
- World Center for Birds of Prey: Educational center in Boise, Idaho.
- Perrine Bridge: Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho.
- Yellowstone Bear World: Drive-thru wildlife park in Rexburg, Idaho.
Famous People Born In Idaho
Nobel Prize Winners
- James Rainwater (Physics, 1975)
Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members
- Larry Wilson (Safety. Inducted in 1978)
Baseball Hall Of Fame Players
- Harmon Killebrew (First Baseman. Inducted in 1984)
Famous Actors And Actresses
- Sherry Jackson
- Aaron Paul
- Jeremy Shada
Idaho Fun Facts
- Idaho is a made-up word. When Congress was considering a name for present-day Colorado, lobbyist George Willing suggested the name "Idaho," claiming it was an Indian word that means "gem of the mountains." This name was not chosen for Colorado, but two years later it was used when the Idaho Territory was created in 1863.
- American Falls is unique from most communities because the entire town was moved in the mid-1920s when the original American Falls Dam was constructed.
- Hell's Canyon is the deepest gorge in America at 7,993 feet.
- Idaho is called the "Gem State" because nearly every known type of gemstone has been found in the state of Idaho. More than 72 different precious and semi-precious gemstones are mined from Idaho.
- Idaho is the only state in the United States with an official State Raptor, peregrine falcon.
- Soda Springs boasts the largest man-made geyser in the world.
- Idaho is one of only two places in the world where star garnets can be found in any significant quantities (India is the other).
- The statehouse in Boise is geothermally heated from underground hot springs.
- On July 17, 1955, the town of Arco became the first city in the world to be lit by atomic energy.
- Idaho's Shoshone Falls is called the "Niagara of the West." It is 212 feet high—45 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
This page was last updated on December 13, 2016.